The Atlanta Hawks will open a three-game road trip Monday in Charlotte without two key players. Atlanta will be without forward Paul Millsap for at least the next two games due to stiffness in his knee. Kent Bazemore will be out for at least a week due to a bone bruise in his right knee that he suffered late in Saturday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
That places the Hawks in a bit of a precarious situation with 13 games remaining in the regular season. Millsap is the most critical loss as Atlanta has gone 0-5 without him and haven’t been competitive in many of those games. While Bazemore hasn’t taken the step forward that many were looking for from him, he is still integral part of their wing rotation and his loss will hurt them on the defensive end of the floor.
Atlanta enters Monday’s game in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings 3.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors. Atlanta is two games ahead of sixth place Indiana in the standings.
Eastern Conference Standings
Milwaukee is three back of Atlanta while Detroit and Miami are just 3.5 back. The Hawks don’t seem to be in any danger of falling out of the postseason picture at this point as long as Millsap is able to return sooner rather than later.
Atlanta will play in Charlotte on Monday, at Washington on Wednesday and in Milwaukee on Friday on this current trip. Atlanta dropped the first two meetings with the Hornets this season. The Wizards have ascended into the top half of the East standings while the Bucks have found themselves at the right time it seems are once again looking like a playoff team.
Hawks remaining schedule
|Saturday, April 1||at Bulls||5:00 PM|
|Sunday, April 2||at Nets||6:00 PM|
|Thursday, April 6||vs Celtics||8:00 PM|
|Friday, April 7||at Cavaliers||7:30 PM|
|Sunday, April 9||vs Cavaliers||3:30 PM|
|Tuesday, April 11||vs Hornets||7:30 PM|
|Wednesday, April 12||at Pacers||8:00 PM|
The schedule will lighten after the road trip as Atlanta will face Brooklyn at home and the Phoenix Suns who have recently shut down several key players including Eric Bledsoe.
Boston and Cleveland by that point could be resting players but the regular season finale against Indiana is worth keeping an eye on especially if Atlanta’s injury concerns linger over the final weeks.